YLD Announces 2013 Law Day Art & Essay Contest

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has announced the 2013 Law Day Art & Essay Contest, which gives students the opportunity to express their ideas about living in a society that is governed by the rule of law, and achieve statewide recognition for their work.
 
The 2013 competition theme, "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" provides an opportunity for students to explore civil and human rights movements in America and the impact they have had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. Students also are asked to consider what remains to be done to rectify injustice in society, including eliminating all forms of discrimination, putting an end to human trafficking and ending other violations of human rights.

The promise of equality under the law is what has made America a beacon to other nations. It is a pledge enshrined in our nation's founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence and in the opening words of the Preamble of the Constitution. In the words of President Abraham Lincoln, it is the proposition to which our nation is dedicated.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1963, during the proclamation's centennial, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called on the nation to live up to the great promise of equality for all. Fifty years later, his inspirational words continue to challenge us to live up to our national ideal.

The art contest is open to all Tennessee students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The essay contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12. The contest allows students to creatively express their ideas about living in a society that is governed by the rule of law, and achieve statewide recognition for their work. Teachers may choose to incorporate the contest into existing social studies or civics curriculum, or encourage students to submit entries on their own. Regardless of how it is used, it is our hope that all Tennessee students will gain a greater appreciation for America's legal system and be empowered to be active citizens through the Law Day celebration.
 
Law Day was first celebrated in 1958. Now, each May, state and local bar associations, in conjunction with the American Bar Association, sponsor Law Day programs around the country. The purpose of celebrating Law Day is two-fold: (1) to instill in students an appreciation for the law and foster a greater understanding of the American judicial system, and (2) provide an opportunity for attorneys to serve their local communities.

Art Contest

2013 Law Day Art Contest is open to all Tennessee students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Rules
1. All entries must be submitted on paper no smaller than 8 by 10 inches, and no larger than 12 by 18 inches.
2. Entrants may use any art material in creating their entries, including, but not limited to, crayon, watercolor, magic marker, pen, ink, pencil and charcoal.
3. Entrants may not glue or attach anything to the entry. (We do not want pieces of the artwork to fall off in transit.)
4. All entries must depict the current year Law Day theme.
5. Entries must be submitted to the appropriate district representative and postmarked no later than April 12, 2013.
6. Each entry must contain the following information on the reverse side of the artwork:
(a) Student's full name
(b) Student's address and home telephone number
(c) Name of the student's school
(d) Student's grade level
7. Failure to abide by these rules will result in disqualification of the entry.
8. Entries may or may not be returned.

Prizes
First Place: $100 and a certificate of achievement
Second Place: $50 and a certificate of achievement
Third Place: $25 and a certificate of achievement
Honorable Mention: a certificate of achievement

Essay Contest

The 2013 Law Day Essay Contest is open to all Tennessee students in 9th through 12th grades.

Rules
1. All essays must be original. If quotations from other sources are used, the writer must cite the source in footnotes.
2. Essays must not exceed 1,000 words.
3. Essay must be typewritten and double-spaced.
4. All entries must depict the current year Law Day theme.
5. Essays must have a cover page that contains the following information:
(a) Writer's full name
(b) Writer's home address and home telephone number
(c) Name of the writer's school
(d) Writer's grade level
6. The writer's name must be on the cover page, but must not be on any other page or part of the essay.
7. All essays must be submitted to the appropriate district representative and postmarked no later than April 12, 2013.
8. Essays will be judged primarily on content and originality; however, incorrect grammar, spelling and/or punctuation, if excessive, will be taken into consideration.
9. Failure to abide by these rules will result in disqualification of the entry.

Prizes
First Place: $300 and a certificate of achievement
Second Place: $200 and a certificate of achievement
Third Place: $100 and a certificate of achievement
Honorable Mention: a certificate of achievement

Submission Information

District 1
Rachel Ralston Mancl
Hunter Smith & Davis LLP
1212 North Eastman Road
Kingsport, TN 37664
(423) 943-3101
Counties: Carter, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington

District 2
Elizabeth "Ellie" M. Hill
Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway
537 Market St., Ste 202
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 756-7117
Counties: Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Jefferson, Scott, Sevier and Union

District 3
Marsha Wilson
Knoxville Bar Association
505 Main Street, Suite 50
P.O. Box 2027
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865) 522-6522
County: Knox

District 4
Ashley Morris Bentley
Attorney at Law
332 Sanderson Street, Suite 4
Alcoa, TN 37912
(865) 927-8389
Counties: Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea and Roane

District 5
County: Hamilton

Art Entries:
Jason D. Demastus
Office of the District Attorney
600 Market Street, Suite 310
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 622-4535

Essay Entries:
Lynda Hood
Chattanooga Bar Association
The Pioneer Building, Suite 420
801 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 756-3222

District 6
Rachel Moses
Legal Aid Society
9 South Jefferson Ave., Suite 102
Cookeville, TN 38501
(931) 528-7436
Counties: Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren and White

District 7
Aimee Luna
Legal Aid Society
526 N. Walnut Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 890-0905
Counties: Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rutherford and Sequatchie

District 8
Todd Tressler
Tressler & Associates LLP
125 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite B
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 444-2345
Counties: Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson

District 9
Andrew J. Ross
Walker Tipps & Malone
2300 One Nashville Place
150 Fourth Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 313-6000
County: Davidson

District 10
Garth Click
Click Law
509 West Court Square
Springfield, TN 37172
(615) 384-8444
Counties: Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson and Stewart

District 11
Shauna R. Billingsley
City of Franklin Law Department
P.O. Box 305
Franklin, TN 37065
(615) 550-6603
Counties: Bedford, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis,
Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne and Williamson

District 12
Ellen R. Neese
Neese & Neese
314 North Market Street
Paris, TN 38242
(731) 642-2188
Counties: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry,
Lake, Obion and Weakley

District 13
Chuck L. Holliday
Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Garrety
65 Stonebridge Blvd.
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 668-4878
Counties: Chester, Decature, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin,
Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, McNairy, Madison and Tipton

District 14
Joann Coston-Holloway
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
165 Madison Avenue, Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 577-8223
County: Shelby

MORE INFORMATION

Download the 2013 Art Contest Brochure

Download the 2013 Essay Contest Brochure (please be sure to use this revised version posted 2-28-13 at 1:30 p.m.)

Download a planning guide for Law Day 2013

Learn more about Law Day from the ABA

Learn more about the TBA Law Day Contest and see past winners

For more information contact:
Elizabeth "Ellie" M. Hill
Chair, YLD Public Service Committee
Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway
537 Market St., Ste 202
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 756-7117
ehill@pbsjlaw.com

LOCAL CONTEST COORDINATORS

First place entries in local competitions are due to the state competition by April 23. Please submit winning entries to YLD Public Service Committee Chair Ellie Hill. Please provide an electronic copy of the winning essays and the art work by email as well as mailing hard copies.

STATE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

State competition winners will be announced on Monday, May 6. Check back here for the latest news.